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Labels dig deep to donate vinyl for charity jumble sale this Saturday

06 May 2015, 09:00 | Written by Paul Bridgewater

Record labels have come out in force to support this year's Rumble in the Jumble, which will benefit gender equality in Myanmar and provide hygiene kits specifically for women in Nepal.

The jumble sale - which takes place this Saturday (9 May) at London’s Oval Space - sees the music industry, bands and celebrities donating clothes and other amazing finds for this amazing cause. Organised by BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and The Music Circle, all proceeds from the sale go towards Oxfam’s campaign to increase women’s political representation and roles advising on policies. In 2013 it was reported that only 20 out of 659 seats in Parliament belong to women, while in Myanmar’s towns and villages, fewer than one in a thousand leaders and administrators are women. The event's £5 entrance fee will also be donated to Oxfam’s Nepal Emergency Appeal where they are providing hygiene kits specifically for women to help maintain some dignity in a time of crisis.

Some of the best labels, shops and music industry folk have dug deep to donate a staggering amount of records for the event's vinyl stall, which will be helmed for the second year by Best Fit. There's rare and exclusive vinyl from the likes of PIAS, Wichita, Caroline, 4AD, XL, Bella Union, Domino, Warp, LuvLuvLuv, City Slang, Transgressive, Sonic Cathedral, Mr Bongo, Future Disco, Red Light Management, Moshi Moshi and many, many more. Think of it as a mini version of Record Store Day and the Independent Label Market but with cheaper records. And if that isn't enough, we've roped in a few choice folk to help man the stall including Nadine Shah, Shura and Cassette Store Day Founder Jen Long.

"I got involved originally by being part of Oxfam's Get Together for International Women’s Day, promoting women across the world and telling them together with their friends and make money to help women across the planet," explains Gemma Cairney "At the launch, I was with some friends - people like Caroline Flack and Dawn Porter - and we thought it might be fun to hold a jumble sale for a get together. We arranged it in three weeks in a church in King’s Cross and we did it for three hours for a Sunday - there was queues around the block and we raised seven thousand pounds. The second time round was when The Music Circle got involved."

The Music Circle is a partnership of women from the music industry set up bring ideas, skills and other resources to the table and help Oxfam fight poverty and inequality. It's subsidiary of Annie Lennox's Circle charity, which has raised almost a million pounds for Oxfam. “It's about women empowering women and gender equality is at the heart of what we do” says founder Emily Cooper. “When around the world only 22 percent of all national parliamentarians are female it’s important we as women all stand together and this is what’s drives us as The Music Circle. Read this great piece written my Music Circle member Suze Olbrich.”

Cairney's been impressed by the growing awareness for the annual event and the generousness of donors: "We've had so many people come to us this year that we didn't expect...Alex Jones at The One Show...we've got Graham Coxon donating his old glasses...every year Lauren Laverne donates dresses to us...Lianne La Havas has given us a waiscoast."

What else can you pick up? The list is ever-growing and includes:

  • The first ever amp that Ed from Bombay Bicycle Club owned!
  • A Diane Von Furstenberg dress from Alison Goldfrapp!
  • A Dolce & Gabbana suited once owned by David Gandy!
  • Two of Grimes' wigs!
  • A signed copy of Fifty Shades of Grey!
  • A Mulberry bag and boots from Fearne Cotton!
  • A jacket from Ella Eyre!
  • Festival rain macs from Belle and Sebastian!
  • Signed litho prints from Noel Gallagher!
  • A Tsumori Chisato dress from Beth Ditto!
  • Oasis T-shirts signed by Andy Bell!
  • Hunter heeled boots from Daisy Lowe!

You can also grab clothing and cosmetics from brands such as Barbour, All Saints, Cheap Monday, Smashbox, Monki, ASOS and Topshop. Our very own label Best Fit Recordings will also be delving deep into our back catalogue for the stall, with vinyl from Faye, Eddi Front, NONONO, The Forest & The Trees, Pawws, Postiljonen, Naomi Pilgrim and Museum of Bellas Artes.

Joining us as stallholders will be the likes of Gaggle, Elizabeth Sankey from Summer Camp, Boiler Room and XFM. There'll be DJ sets from Cairney along with Denai Moore, XFM's Georgie Rogers and Margot Didsbury (NTS / Bleep).

Rumble in the Jumble #4 runs from 12noon-6pm on Saturday, 9 May at Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT. For all details, including pics of new donations, join the facebook event.

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